Dan Wheldon's Death: Hollywood Pays Tribute to the IndyCar Champion

11:00 PM PST 10/16/2011 by THR staff
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Dan Wheldon in May at the Indianapolis 500

Ashley Judd, Alyssa Milano, LeBron James, Slash and Lupe Fiasco are among those who hit Twitter to remember the racecar driver, who died Sunday on the track.

Hollywood hit the Internet on Sunday to pay tribute to two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon, who died after being involved in a 15-car pileup during a race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Wheldon died only moments into a crash at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway that also left fellow drivers J.R. Hildebrand and Pippa Mann hospitalized.

Wheldon, who started at the back of the 34-car field, couldn't avoid a wreck that began when two cars' tired touched. Within seconds, several cars were on fire -- including Wheldon's -- and debris covered a good portion of the track.

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After news broke, several in Hollywood hit Twitter to pay their respects. Among their tweets:

Ashley Judd, married to Dario Franchitti, who competed in Sunday's race:
As we continue to absorb Dan's accident - we forget, remember, re- expeirence shock, denial, anger, pain - I'm reminded of a favorite poem: DEATH be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not so, For, those, whom thou think'st,thou dost overthrow, Due not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill me. From rest & sleepe, which but thy pictures be, Much pleasure thenfrom thee, much more must flow, And soonest our best men with thee doe goe, Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie.-One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally, And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die. J Donne. Encourage all to read whole poem. Hardest parts, Thinking about Susie, Sebastian, Oliver. Seeing my husband grieve. Nights are so awful at first. Poor woman. Such pain.

Motley Crue co-founder Nikki Sixx:
R.I.P. Dan Wheldon... He always seemed to be more than just a winner.My condolence's go out to his family!

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Guitarist Slash:
Really tragic news about Indy Champ, Dan Wheldon today. RIP Dan.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan:
RIP Dan Wheldon who died racing today in Las Vegas. I got to meet and talk to Dan once, a lovely and cool guy. A terrible tragedy...

Alyssa Milano (tweeting a link to a news article):
Drivers remember Dan Wheldon, the reigning Indy 500 champ who died today on racetrack

Robin Leach (Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous)
Dan Wheldon who died today at IndyCar crash was regular at N9NE & Nove in Palms His photo hangs in chef Barry Dakake's kitchen

Miami Heat star and one-time Saturday Night Live host LeBron James:
R.I.P to IndyCar Driver Dan Wheldon! Dies In 15-Car Crash At Las Vegas Race #tragedy. You'll be missed from Sports

ESPN sportscaster and former Dancing With the Stars contestant Erin Andrews:
Very sorry to hear the news of Dan Wheldon..puts alot into perspective today..my heart hurts for his family

Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil:
Today we lost a great champion and friend. Dan Wheldon. You wil always be missed and loved.

Former L.A. Dodgers manager and TV pitchman Tommy Lasorda:
Rest in Peace Dan Wheldon.

Rapper Lupe Fiasco:
My heart goes out the entire @indycar family and the family of Dan Wheldon #77 and his team. May God have mercy.

Professional soccer player and current Dancing With the Stars contestant Hope Solo:
My heart hurts deeply for Dan Wheldon and his family.An amazing individual who inspired me the moment we met.RIP Dan. Your legacy lives on.

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